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plowing up an incline

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MsQueen, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. MsQueen

    MsQueen Member
    Messages: 76

    I have a driveway that has about a three foot slope about 1/2 way up from the bottom. (under house garage). Any suggestions on how to clear this driveway?
  2. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    Could you be more specific with your concern,Is there no place to go once you get to the top or is it the incline itself your worried about?
  3. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,815

    i just plow turn the blade to the pile were you want the snow to go and drive :redbounce
  4. MsQueen

    MsQueen Member
    Messages: 76

    Sorry, it's a driveway with the base being the biggest part than when driving towards the street (about 20 feet before the end) is where I hit the incline. I just don't know whether to start at the bottom and just push up and out of the driveway or should I clear off the top of the incline first, go back down and then clear the incline. It's not that bad and I might be overreacting but don't want to put undo stress on my truck.
  5. easthavenplower

    easthavenplower Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    i wouldnt worry about the stress i would about getting out of the driveway pushing snow uphill as long as theres no ice your probaly good to go but i would clear the top first
  6. slowpoke

    slowpoke Member
    Messages: 53


    I've had similar jobs in the past. Does the drive lead straight down to the garage or is their a turn area at the bottom? If you have a place to dump the snow at the bottom it is much safer and easier going down, but as Easthavenplower suggests clean as much of the top as possible first.

    If the door is straight down the drive you really have no choice but to push up. Backdrag the door last. Watch out for ice on the hill. I scared myself to **** one night when the driveway got slick then the big slide in reverse to the door. JUST missed the thing.

    I've given up on the this type of driveway when I changed equipment, but now that I've got the daniel's pull plow coming next week I'll be able to handle them easier.

    Good Luck
  7. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    You will be able to "feel" it out,smaller snows will be easier to push up obviously,i have some drives that when they get around 10-12" in them i need to get to the top and plow down,these are serious hills though.A couple times out and you'll hit it like a pro,drop the blade and head'er staright up it,so long as you have a place to put it once you get there!
  8. MsQueen

    MsQueen Member
    Messages: 76

    Thanks guys, i'll give it my best!
  9. szorno

    szorno Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    One more thing- If you go to the top and plow down, stop and lengthen your lifting chain a few links. That will allow it to follow the contour when the hill breaks to a hard down slant.:nod: